For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Monday, February 21, 2011

Carlisle Cannons

It's a blast: The Carlisle Cannons signal the start of the Homecoming Golf Cart Parade at noon Friday and highlight the Military Science Hall of Honor festivities at 11:45 a.m. Saturday.

Celebrate Homecoming with 'Spirit, Pride, Tradition'

Homecoming brings out the Maverick spirit, pride, and tradition this week with a variety of activities Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 24-26.

Mav Swap has become a new tradition, allowing faculty, staff, and students to trade collegiate apparel from other schools for UT Arlington gear. The swap is 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, on the Central Library mall. The Homecoming Step Show highlights the evening activities at 7 p.m. at Texas Hall.

The Boom at Noon firing of the Carlisle Cannons signals the start of the annual Golf Cart Parade at noon Friday, Feb. 25, as it runs from the E.H. Hereford University Center mall to the Central Library mall. A Homecoming Pep Rally at the library mall follows the parade. Friday's festivities conclude with The Bash from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the University Center.

The Military Science Hall of Honor reception, luncheon, and ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.

The annual Chili Cook Off starts at noon Saturday in the Trinity House parking lot. A tailgate party also begins at noon and precedes the women's basketball game, which starts at 2 p.m. in Texas Hall. The Homecoming King and Queen are crowned at halftime.

Saturday's activities continue with the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball Alumni Game at 4:30 p.m. in the Maverick Activities Center. A reception follows in the Physical Education Building.

Check the complete Homecoming schedule.

Ken Roemer

Dr. Ken Roemer

Roemer discusses 'canon wars' at Focus on Faculty

English Professor Ken Roemer reviews the American literary "canon wars" of the 1980s in the Focus on Faculty presentation at noon Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

The "canon wars" pitted critics who wanted to conserve classic literature as representative of American culture against those who argued for including more women and minority authors, and a diverse genre mix.

Dr. Roemer leads a team of librarians and graduate students addressing the problem by creating a fully searchable and comprehensive digital archive of the tables of contents of American literature anthologies. The database will offer opportunities to compare live women of color and dead white males, complex poems and folk songs, classic novels, and obscure diaries to learn when they became the voices of American culture.

See the Covers, Titles, and Tables project, which is in progress.

Marshall Brain

Marshall Brain

Engineers Week starts today with coronation

The coronation of Mr. and Ms. Engineer in the Nedderman Hall atrium at noon today, Monday, Feb. 21, kicks off Engineers Week, a showcase of achievements and activities by faculty and students.

Marshall Brain, creator of, is the featured speaker at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall. His talk on “Your Spare Time is Your Most Important Time, and Other Thoughts on Making a Million Dollars” follows a reception at 5 p.m. in Room 601 of Nedderman Hall. RSVP for the reception and/or the lecture.

Other highlights include a career fair, displays, industry tours, lectures, and a pie-eating contest. The week concludes with the Engineering Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.

See the complete Engineers Week schedule of events.

Bill Nye

Bill Nye

Tickets sold out for Bill Nye 'the Science Guy'

All tickets were gone by noon Friday to see Bill Nye, the next guest in the Maverick Speakers Series. "A Night with the Science Guy" is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at Texas Hall.

Tickets, which were made available Friday morning, sold out in several hours. If you would like to attend the lecture but did not secure a ticket, non-ticketed patrons will be seated as space permits.

Nye works to foster a scientifically literate society and to help people understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work.

Making science entertaining and accessible is something he's been doing most of his life. His Bill Nye the Science Guy TV show has won seven national Emmy Awards for writing, performing, and producing. The show won 28 Emmys in five years.

Nye is also the host of two TV series: The 100 Greatest Discoveries airs on the Science Channel, and The Eyes of Nye airs on PBS stations across the country.

Mav Pic Cal Ripken

Ironing it out

Cal Ripken Jr., who holds baseball's record for consecutive games played, spoke on "The Keys to Perseverance" in the Maverick Speakers Series presentation Thursday at Texas Hall. Known as baseball's "Iron Man," Ripken talked about how he broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive-games played streak and tied it in with principles that apply to everyday life, including having the right approach, consistency, conviction, and life management.


Job Fair attracts students, alumni

The Spring 2011 Job Fair is open to UT Arlington students and alumni 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Maverick Activities Center.

The Career Center hosts the university-wide fair for students from all majors. Full-time positions, part-time positions, and internships can be filled. More than 100 employers, along with 2,500 students and alumni, annually attend the Spring Job Fair.

Milestone employees should check recognition list by Thursday

Employees who have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, or 45 years of service should make sure their names are on the list of 2011 Service Award Honorees on the Office of Human Resources website. Review the list and report any missing names by Thursday, Feb. 24, to Lara Ellison at 2‑5554, 2‑5118, or

Submit feedback in OIT survey

The Office of Information Technology is conducting a study to ascertain user satisfaction with OIT services. Submit your feedback by completing the client satisfaction survey at

Point your daughters toward Girl University

Girl University, a one-day conference for girls in the eighth through 12th grades, is set for 1-5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, on the UT Arlington campus.

The sixth annual event helps girls and their parents discover what it takes to go to college. The day includes 25 workshops for girls and six for parents. Cost is $20 per girl ($15 for Girl Scout members) and $15 for adults.

Girl University is presented by Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains and hosted by UT Arlington Upward Bound, Testing Services, and the Career Center, along with the Northeast Tarrant County American Association of University Women.

Find workshop details and registration instructions at

Benefit Yourself
Windows 7

Introduction to Windows 7

See how to navigate your computer, manage files, and learn some basic maintenance techniques. Ideal for Windows XP and/or Mac OS users who are switching to Windows 7. Free. 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more information on OIT training.

Blackboard Essentials

Ideal for those who are familiar with other versions of Blackboard or other course management systems. Register online. Free. 10 a.m.-noon Monday, Feb. 28, Room E200D, Continuing Education Workforce Building. See more about Blackboard 9.1.

Mav Talk: Mind/Emotion Wellness Day

More than books weighing you down? Screenings available for stress, anxiety, depression, eating and sleeping problems, ADHD, and alcohol and relationship concerns. For faculty, staff, and students. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Counseling Services and Mental Health Services.

Solving Problems/Making Decisions

Explore real problems and how to develop strategies to map out the problem and discover a real solution. Bring one in-depth problem for the class to discuss. Free. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Employment Information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or e-mail The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Thursday, Feb. 24

Michan Connor

The Metropolitan Environment and Social Justice Michan Connor, right, assistant professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs, describes the overlap of the environmental and civil rights movements. He also discusses how the environmental movement speaks to the needs of the 80 percent of Americans who live in metropolitan areas. Free. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Room 115, Trimble Hall. Environmental and Sustainability Studies Lecture Series.

Exhibiting Artist Talk Artist Barbra Riley, art professor at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, discusses her large-format digital photographs that reference the legacy of 17th century Dutch and Flemish still life paintings. Free. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History, 2-5658.

Biology Colloquium Series Andrew Koh, assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center, presents "Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans: Gastrointestinal Colonization and Dissemination." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology, 2-2872.

Concealed Handgun Bill Forum Learn more about how proposed concealed handgun legislation will affect universities. If passed, the legislation would allow individuals to carry concealed handguns on higher education campuses. Panelists are criminology professors Sarah Phillips, Randy Butler, and Jaya Davis, with Alex del Carmen, chair of Criminology and Criminal Justice, as moderator. Free. 6 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Congress,, 2-0556.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'The Adding Machine' opens Friday

The Adding Machine

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elmer Rice in 1923, The Adding Machine is a darkly comic and slightly nightmarish look at advancing technology and its effect on human relationships.

The expressionistic masterpiece chronicles the life of Mr. Zero, played by Robert Bell, a hapless worker who spends 25 years dedicated to his job and is replaced by a machine. Andrew Christopher Gaupp, professor of theatre arts, directs.

Above, Daisy, played by Laura Choate, observes Mr. Zero thinking of his future.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 25-26, and Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in the Mainstage Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.

Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff, students, and senior citizens, and $10 for the general public. Contact the Theatre Arts box office at 2-2669 for ticket information.

Monday, Feb. 21

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays A 30-minute lunchtime concert featuring Music Department faculty and students. Followed by free lunch. Free. 12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church Sanctuary, 300 S. Center. Music, 2-3471.

Wednesday, Feb. 23

$2 Movie: Legend of the Guardians Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with a fantasy family adventure. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. McNeese State. $8 Tickets. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Thursday, Feb. 24

Baseball Mavericks vs. Dallas Baptist. Free with UTA ID. 3 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 2-2261.

UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert Clifton Evans, assistant professor of music, conducts performances of Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, and Copland with piano soloist Kyung-Hwa Cho. $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, Feb. 25

Softball UT Arlington Classic. 11 a.m. Creighton vs. Centenary; 1 p.m. Tulsa vs. Creighton; 3 p.m. Mavericks vs. Centenary; 5 p.m. Mavericks vs. Tulsa. Free with UTA ID. Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 2-2261.

Baseball Mavericks vs. South Dakota State. Free with UTA ID. 3 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 2-2261.

Opening Reception for The Gallery at UTA Exhibit Reception honors Sedrick Huckaby, visiting assistant professor of art, and Barbra Riley of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the artists showing their work in The Gallery at UTA. A brief gallery talk begins at 6:30 pm. Free. 6-8:30 p.m. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Bassoon Week Recital Maria Wildhaber of Bulgaria performs for the start of Bassoon Week, Feb. 25-March 2. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.


Flashback Exhibit A pictorial history of UT Arlington, dating back to 1895. Through Feb. 26. E.H. Hereford University Center Gallery. UTA Ambassadors.

Gallery 76102 "A Certain Shade of the Aftermath," an exhibit by Timothy Harding, deals with U.S. history, corporate infrastructure, heavy metal music, terrorism, and popular culture. Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through March 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

The Gallery at UTA Sedrick Huckaby, assistant professor of art, and Barbra Riley, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi professor of art, display paintings depicting and celebrating African-American quilting tradition, and digital photographs that reference the legacy of 17th century Dutch and Flemish still life paintings. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through April 2. Closed during spring break. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark with the free interactive exhibit "What You Wish the World Could Be: The Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas." 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through May 14. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.


Combat Narratives: Stories and Artifacts from UT Arlington Veterans Artifacts, memorabilia, and gear on loan from UT Arlington military veterans and objects carried, used, or found by U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah Photographs from the Second Battle of Fallujah taken by UT Arlington student and Marine Corps veteran Joel Chaverri. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

Planetarium See what it takes to become an Astronaut and the effect space has on the human body, 1:30 p.m., Sundays. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)



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